Months of the Year Sequencing Sticks

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Months of the Year Sequencing Sticks

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Make these Months of the Year sequencing sticks from craft sticks to teach and assess a whole range of skills!
Months of the Year sequencing sticks - this is such a fun, hands on activity to help kids practice putting the months of the year in order and visualize seasons (preschool, prek, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, homeschool)

Months of the Year

I use these sticks as part of my pre-teaching interview to see whether the learners know their months and seasons, as well as to test reasoning skills and sequencing. You can use these sticks simply as a teaching tool if you prefer.

You will need:

  • Colored craft sticks / popsicle sticks(You can color plain sticks too)
  • Marker

colored craft sticks

Write the names of the months on the sticks. I used association when I chose the colors. We are in the Southern Hemisphere, so blue was for Summer, orange for Autumn, red for Winter and green for Spring.

When assessing, I would ask questions like: "Why do you think the Spring sticks are green?", "Why are there only 3 of each color?", "Do we celebrate Christmas when it is a red month or blue month?" to see how the learners reason, make associations and inference too. I also ask which month the child birthday is, to see if they know and tell them mine as a way of getting to know each other better, making the assessment informal.

learning the months of the year

We mix up the sticks and then learner must put it back in order again. This test sequencing of months and at the same time I can see whether the learners can read the names of the months. We play a game where a month is removed and the child must guess which month is missing.

hands on kindergarten educational activity

As you can see, the Months of the Year sequencing sticks are a simple, but effective assessment tool to use to assess a variety of skills. The use of these sticks in an informal way helps to set the learners at ease, and at the same time gives valuable information as well.

months of the year sequencing sticks

You will also want to take a peak at our activities and free printables to Learn about the Seasons,  Calendar Notebook, and FREE Bingo Marker Calendars.

Nadia is South African mom to two littlies, a former preschool teacher and currently working as a reading therapist at a remedial school. She blogs over at Teach Me Mommy about easy and playful activities inspiring you to be your child's first teacher. Follow along on FacebookInstagramPinterest, and Twitter.

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